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Digital Slide Scanner

July 21, 2011 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leica Microsystems has released its SCN400 F combined fluorescent and brightfield digital slide scanner. The SCN400 F brings together Leica’s brightfield slide scanning capabilities and multi-channel fluorescence imaging in a single platform.


Sample Preservative

July 21, 2011 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. released the AssayAssure sample collection, transport, and storage products. AssayAssure is the one of the most flexible, widely applicable, and longest-acting universal preservatives currently available.


Piercing Tips

July 21, 2011 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Robotics introduces disposable CO-RE Piercing Tips for its MICROLAB STAR and NIMBUS automated liquid handling platforms. These tips are designed to pierce septa, sealing mats, and foils on tubes and plates.


Evolution Spectrophotometer Wins R & D 100

July 21, 2011 7:09 am | News | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that its Evolution 200 series of next-generation UV-Visible spectrophotometers has been named one of the most technologically significant products of the past 12 months by R&D Magazine.


Dynavax Vaccine Having Consistency Issues

July 21, 2011 7:05 am | News | Comments

Dynavax Technologies Corp. has reported a setback in a late-stage trial of its hepatitis B vaccine. The company said one production lot of Heplisav had a higher concentration of antibodies than the other two lots.


Gilead AIDS Drug on Par with Raltegravir

July 21, 2011 7:00 am | News | Comments

Gilead Sciences, Inc. announced Phase 3 clinical trial results showing that elvitegravir, an antiviral being evaluated for the treatment of HIV-1, was non-inferior to raltegravir after 48 weeks of therapy.


Brilinta Approved by FDA

July 21, 2011 6:38 am | by Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

A long-delayed blood thinner from AstraZeneca PLC has won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, posing new competition to the multibillion-dollar blockbuster pill Plavix.


Expenses Take Toll on Lilly Income

July 21, 2011 6:33 am | by Tom Murphy | News | Comments

Eli Lilly and Co. said its second-quarter net income fell 11 percent, as increases in marketing and other expenses blunted the drugmaker's revenue growth.


Amag Acquiring Allos for $268M

July 21, 2011 6:31 am | News | Comments

Amag Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it will buy drugmaker Allos Therapeutics Inc. for stock valued at about $268 million in a deal designed to bolster their commercial portfolio and cuts costs.


Merck, Roche Sign Promotion Agreement

July 21, 2011 6:29 am | by Linda A. Johnson | News | Comments

Merck & Co. and Roche Holding AG, formerly bitter rivals in the hepatitis C drug market, have expanded their recent collaboration to jointly promote their drugs.


Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Alzheimer’s Study Results

July 20, 2011 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced the results of a Phase II study evaluating the safety and tolerability of the investigational gamma secretase inhibitor BMS-708163 in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.


Study Awarded Alzheimer's Association's Prize

July 20, 2011 12:14 pm | News | Comments

The study, "Use of Florbetapir-PET for Imaging beta-amyloid Pathology," has been selected by the Alzheimer's Association as the winner of the 2011 de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging for the "Best Paper" in human neuroimaging, in the Senior Scientist category.


Reports Gives New Ideas for K-12 Science Lessons

July 20, 2011 12:09 pm | News | Comments

A report by the National Research Council presents a new framework for K-12 science education that identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school.


UMD Researchers Find Protein Interaction

July 20, 2011 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered a novel interaction between two proteins involved in regulating cell growth that could provide possible new drug targets for treating diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.


Chloroquine May Treat Various Diseases

July 20, 2011 11:56 am | News | Comments

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) scientists demonstrated how the anti-malaria drug chloroquine represses inflammation, which may provide a blueprint for new strategies for treating inflammation and a multitude of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and certain cancers.



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